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offline ronin

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A very important game for both sides, a win for us will take a bit of pressure off before the christmas fixtures but a defeat would really drag us into the dogfight at the bottom.

Farnborough seem confident, this is taken from their forum.

16/12/2004 - Dean's Canvey revenge mission

FARNBOROUGH Town chief Dean Austin is sending his troops on a revenge mission to Park Lane this weekend in a match he believes could prove crucial in his team’s season.

Austin has ear-marked Saturday’s trip to Canvey Island as a must-win game as victory will not only see Boro continue their slow climb up the Conference table, but also suck Jeff King’s Canvey into the relegation mire.

Back in September, a dismal start from Austin’s side resulted in Boro chasing a two-goal deficit for which they were unable to turn around in a 3-1 defeat.

And with Austin looking to erase fans’ memories of Boro’s last trip to Park Lane – a 6-0 FA Trophy defeat 11 months ago –Boro have enough incentive to turn on the style.

The boss said: “I believe we owe them one after the 6-0 last year and the 3-1 earlier in the season.

“While the word ‘revenge’ won’t be used in the team talk as such, it’s probably one which the boys will have in mind when they go onto the pitch on Saturday.

“We have had Canvey watched a couple of times recently and they’ve played differently both times so they are not giving anything away.

“But I do know what they have got and I’m confident the boys can go out there and get a result.”

Canvey Island were one of Austin’s hot tips at the start of the season as there was little to doubt to their ability to score goals with Lee Boylan partnering Neil Gregory up front.

The former is no stranger to scoring goals against Boro, after bagging hat-tricks in his last two clashes with the Cherrywood Road side – back in January during the third round 6-0 annihilation in the FA Trophy before the 3-1 league defeat at Cherrywood Road this term.

But since the free-scoring hitman broke his ankle back in September, Canvey have become a different prospect with goals hard to come by, and the defence – despite ex-Aldershot Town man Dominic Sterling leading the line – struggling to keep them out at the other end.

With just one point gained from a possible 18 – and an FA Cup defeat at Aldershot to boot — Canvey sit second from bottom in the form table, and lie just one point above Boro in the main ladder with Austin’s men having a game in hand.

In those seven games, Canvey have conceded no fewer than 20 goals and Austin knows Saturday represents an excellent opportunity to stretch his side’s unbeaten run to four.

The good news for the Boro boss is the return of new striker Richard Pacquette from suspension and he is expected to feature heavily in the front line with Boro currently the lowest goalscorers in the Conference.

Pacquette looks set to partner the in-form Paul Harkness in the forward line with Saturday’s scorer Stephen Hughes possibly offered a free role just behind.

Anthony Charles was tactically left out of the starting line-up by Austin against Forest Green on Saturday to save him from suspension for this game so he should also feature. Both he and star man Gary Holloway are just one yellow card away from a one-game ban.

The boss has one or two minor injury concerns but is confident of picking a strong squad with the sole absentees being Lloyd Blackman and Mark Rooney

offline Phil Old Boy

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Yes, the games seem to take on more importance each week now. A definitely must not lose game and 3 points would be great at this time.
There’s obviously things going on behind the scenes, what with Gavin’s departure.
Just to try and get a bit of consistency back, I would like to see as much of the “old team” back in as possible. At least they know each other and play to their strengths. Possibly, I would like to give the new front pair another go however.

Thought I read on a site that there were financial problems at Farnboro and that some players had not been paid. Even if its true, we have listened and heard to other teams woe’s just when we have to play them which seems to try and bind them together. We must look after ourselves however and think of number 1. We have our own position to think about.

offline ken

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this game has a draw written all over it. neither team can score a goal and both can concede lots. when we played them this season they seemed very poor but I think it was an off day and they will give us a bit more competition this time. we need this game desperately and hopefully can get the result, god we need it.

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I fancy 7 points for christmas and I think the fixtures may give it to us what do you think.

offline A Non E Mouse

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Agree, a very important game, and one that won't bare any relation to the away game earlier in the season. If I remember rightly it was the two quick goals that really killed the game off because they came back stronger in the second half and we had to work a lot harder.

16/12/2004 - Dean's Canvey revenge mission
“We have had Canvey watched a couple of times recently and they’ve played differently both times so they are not giving anything away.

Wonder if this is down to us not playing consistently and having different starting line ups all the time rather than any tactics we may have employed......

Perhaps there is stuff happening in the background, with Cowans leaving, that we are not aware of. But perhaps his leaving may help settle the side a little, with some players knowing where they stand in the grand scheme of things??

I would like to see Keeling start the game along side the new forward pairing as I feel he will give them that link from midfield and give them service and opportunity. I'm not sure Jeff is as confident in John Keeling as he has stuck him on the bench a few times where you would assume he could make all the difference in a game - unless there have been injury worries.

I'm confident about Saturday and I think we will get the double over Farnborough 2-1.

However, I thought we would get a result against Halifax, Leigh RMI would dick us and we would all be under the control of martians by the year 2003 - so what the hell do I know <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/icon29.gif" alt="" />

offline A Non E Mouse

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Sorry MOB - think it's going to be a hard christmas, but a happier new year.....

I reckon defeat away to Daggers, Woking at Home - victory and draw at home to Daggers. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/ignore.gif" alt="" />

Then we are on a bit of a role during the new year picking up points against Leigh and Northwich and a couple of bonus points from one or two of the other games possibly Morecombe and Stevenage. We ease past Bath and end up getting brought back down to earth by Hereford who give us another tonking. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/whistling.gif" alt="" />

Well thats what my tea leaves predict........

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Sorry Mate surely

3 from Farnborough
3 from woking and at least
1 from 6 off daggers.
Thats not a lot to ask Santa for anyway I am gonna put it on my list.

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